Commercial property: Industrial land in Golspie sells for £9,500 after going up for auction at £1

Golspie Industrial Estate, at the centre of the picture.

A piece of industrial land in Golspie which was put up for auction with a guide price of just £1 eventually sold for £9,500.

The auction, run by Online Property Auctions Scotland (OPAS), included five other lots.

Although they attracted multiple bids, these were not high enough to meet the sellers’ valuations.

OPAS said the plot of vacant land with the £1 price tag and potential annual rental income of £800 attracted “huge interest”.

Winning bidder opened with £3,000 offer

The identity of the buyer was undisclosed but OPAS said they entered the auction yesterday (June 23) with a bid of £3,000 and were forced up by competitors throughout the afternoon.

A total of seven bidders made had made 35 bids in all by the time the auction came to an end.

The five other units to come under the hammer attracted final bids ranging from £19,000 to £59,000 but none of them matched their guide prices, ranging from £11,000 to £64,000.

Golspie Industrial Estate Unit 5, which had a guide price of £16,000.

Covid-19 has led to a marked decline in traditional property viewings due to social distancing rules.

But these same conditions have allowed OPAS and other businesses with the same operating model to thrive.

Yesterday’s “special” auction of industrial property and land in Golspie’s town centre industrial estate was described by the auctioneers as “a once in a generation event”.

It is the first time the auctioneer has focused on just one industrial estate.

Site-focused event may be replicated

George Douglas, the Glasgow-based company’s managing director, had previously indicated a successful event could be the forerunner for more like it.

OPAS specialises in the sale of high-yielding commercial and residential lots, including land.

Its online auctions are held, on average, every two weeks, with dozens of properties available – both commercial and residential – from across the country. Bidding can be done via desktop, tablet or mobile device.

Industrial market slump

Just over £30m was invested in Scotland’s industrial property market amid lockdown during the first three months of 2021, half the five-year quarterly average of £61m, according to property giant Colliers.

In a blog late last year, Mr Douglas said: “Obviously it’s not been possible to attend live auctions during the pandemic.

“But we’ve found a very healthy number of regular ballroom auction patrons migrating to our online auctions during the lockdown.”

*This article first appeared in The Press & Journal on the 17th June 2021. Credit Keith Findlay.


Property and land at Golspie Industrial Estate to go under hammer in special online auction

A special auction of industrial property and land in Golspie will take place next Wednesday (June 23), with guide prices starting at just £1.

The sale, conducted by Online Property Auctions Scotland, comprises of six lots situated in the industrial estate in the centre of the village.

Units at Golspie Industrial Estate

One lot of vacant land, which currently provides an annual rental income of £800, has a guide price of £1.

The sale has been described by the auctioneers as “a once in a generation event”.

The other five units going under the hammer are a mix of tenanted and vacant properties in different sizes.

Guide prices for them range from £11,000 to £64,000.

George Douglas, Managing Director of the Glasgow-based Online Property Auctions Scotland, said: “This is a special auction because only these units in Golspie are up for sale.

“Normally, we host an auction every fortnight with dozens of properties available, both commercial and residential from across the country.

“This is the first time we have focussed on just one industrial estate. If it proves to be a success, we will probably do it again.”

Online Property Auctions Scotland are a well-established auctioneers specialising in the sale of high-yielding commercial and residential lots, including land.

Auctions take place every two weeks and the bidding is live in real time. Bidding can be conducted via desktop, tablet or mobile device.

Click here for further details.

*This article first appeared in The Northern Times on the 17th June 2021.


Cambuslang restaurant and bar sold at auction

Cheers bar and the Coulotte Steakhouse above it were sold at auction by Online Property Auctions (OPA) Scotland for the guide price of £145,000.

Coulotte Steakhouse in Cambuslang

A popular bar and separate restaurant occupying the same building on Cambuslang Main Street have gone under the hammer for a combined £145,000.

Cheers bar and the Coulotte Steakhouse above it were sold at auction by Online Property Auctions (OPA) Scotland for the guide price of £145,000.

OPA received eight bids from three would-be buyers.

When the two units initially came up for auction in April with the same guide price, they failed to sell in what was an uncertain climate for investors.

The new owner of 80-84 Main Street will net a combined rental income of £24,000, with the first floor restaurant leased at £7000 a year, and the pub at £17,000 per annum.

George Douglas, director at OPA Scotland, insists that appetite in the Rutherglen and Cambuslang property market, particularly in the buy-to-let sector, is healthy.

As well as the Cheers and Coulotte transactions, his company sold two one-bedroom flats in the area during lockdown.

George Douglas

He said: “The buy-to-let market in Lanarkshire, and the Greater Glasgow area – which for our purposes includes Rutherglen and Cambuslang – remains strong with high demand, which also comes from developers looking for renovation and resell projects.

“During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, we noticed a small increase in the number of residential buyers who were just looking for somewhere to live.

“If you consider the difficulties brought about by social distancing, this shows the market is healthy.

“We are currently keen to hear from sellers because we know the buyers are there, particularly as restrictions have eased and it is now easier to conduct business.”

George believes the success or otherwise of the economy in general will influence the direction the local property market will take.

He explained: “Economic uncertainty is highly likely to have an impact on the property market.

“These have been a very difficult few months for many people and some will look to cash in on some commercial assets.

“The residential housing market was strong going into lockdown, however redundancies and lack of confidence are certain to have some effect on the levels of stock coming to the market.”

*This article first appeared in the Daily Record on the 12th August 2020